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Jaylen Brown
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John Tomase
April 18, 2018 - 12:06 am
Jaylen Brown stood at his locker in Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena last May in a moment of big-picture disbelief. "Two years ago, I was in high school," he marveled. "Now I'm playing in the Eastern Conference Finals." There was a happy-to-be-here quality that made perfect sense. Just 20 years old...
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Ryan Hannable
April 17, 2018 - 11:04 pm
As it stands right now, Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have the leverage against Bill Belichick and the Patriots. After Jimmy Garoppolo was traded, the only quarterback on the roster besides Brady is Brian Hoyer, who poses no threat to taking Brady’s job. As for the tight ends, it’s just Dwayne Allen...
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Ryan Hannable
April 17, 2018 - 8:01 am
Imagine being the best at what you do and still being berated by your boss on numerous occasions after 18 years of working together, all while winning multiple awards together along the way. Think about it. While the National Football League isn’t the real world and most people aren’t making tens...
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Ty Anderson
April 17, 2018 - 1:42 am
The Maple Leafs proved that they’re not spineless losers Monday night. Good. Great. Happy for them. Their regular-season win total (a franchise-best) alone should have told you that they were going to show up at some point in this series. And if they didn’t… well, we’ve already established what...
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Rob Bradford
April 16, 2018 - 10:28 pm
The Red Sox never had a chance to land breakout star Shohei Ohtani this winter. But five years ago? That's the real story. Traveling the world as international scouts, Jon Deeble and Eddie Romero encountered their share of oddities. But the Red Sox talent evaluators had no idea what awaited them at...
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Al Horford
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John Tomase
April 16, 2018 - 11:42 am
Al Horford has a rep in these parts, but it's incomplete. The "Average Al" part of the equation is well known and not without merit. Horford isn't a take-charge offensive player over the course of 82 games because it's not his style. He facilitates, he plays defense, he makes open shots, he scores...
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Alex Reimer
April 16, 2018 - 9:38 am
Danny Amendola’s unprecedented public rebuke of Bill Belichick lends credence to an offseason full of subtweets and subtleties. Ever since Super Bowl LII, where the Eagles scored 41 points and gained 538 yards of offense against the Patriots while Malcolm Butler sat helplessly on the bench, there...
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Ryan Hannable
April 15, 2018 - 10:39 pm
The drama with Rob Gronkowski this offseason continues. On Sunday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the tight end will not be present at the start of the Patriots’ voluntary offseason workout program on Monday. Tom Brady won’t be present either, but that’s because he’s wrapping up a Best Buddies...
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Marcus Morris
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John Tomase
April 15, 2018 - 5:57 pm
Picture a random NBA game with star teammates fouled out in overtime. The final frantic moments become a scramble for survival. If the remaining mismatched parts somehow produce a win, thank a higher power you only had to navigate the last 150 seconds. Now imagine that scenario playing out for 48...
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Ty Anderson
April 15, 2018 - 3:15 am
Sharing a press conference stage after a 7-3 smackdown of the Maple Leafs, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak dished questions off to one another with ease. Fielding questions from 50 reporters -- in English or French, from somebody in the front row or somebody hugging the wall -- was nothing that...
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